Tag: Executive Orders and Memorandums

Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security Chief, Cites ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ on Southern Border

WASHINGTON — Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, on Wednesday implored Congress to confront what she called a “humanitarian catastrophe” on the southern border by supporting President Trump’s call for a border wall and changing laws to crack down on asylum-seekers and illegal border-crossers. In her first congressional appearance since […]

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Kirstjen Nielsen to Testify on Immigration Policy Before House Committee

WASHINGTON — Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, will be pressed on Wednesday about the Trump administration’s family separation policy, the deaths of migrant children in federal custody and President Trump’s claim of a national emergency at the border. Ms. Nielsen, who will testify before the House Homeland Security Committee, […]

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Trump Says He Will Sign Free Speech Order for College Campuses

OXON HILL, Md. — President Trump said on Saturday that he planned to issue an executive order that would help guarantee free speech at colleges and universities by putting their federal aid at risk if they do not protect the viewpoints of students of all political stripes. The president made […]

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Trump Pulls Back From Declaring a National Emergency to Fund a Wall

WASHINGTON — President Trump has stepped back from declaring a national emergency to pay for a border wall, under pressure from congressional Republicans, his own lawyers and advisers, who say using it as a way out of the government shutdown does not justify the precedent it would set and the […]

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Trump Issues Order Freezing Federal Workers’ Pay in 2019

President Trump issued an executive order on Friday freezing pay for federal civilian workers in 2019, even as about 800,000 of them were either furloughed or working without pay because of a partial government shutdown. The executive order follows a proposed pay freeze that the president outlined in the budget […]

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Trump Bars Immigrants Who Cross Border Illegally From Seeking Asylum

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced new immigration rules on Thursday that give President Trump vast new authority to deny asylum to virtually any migrant who crosses the border illegally, invoking national security powers meant to protect the United States against threats from abroad. Officials declined to say who will […]

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Trump’s New Target in the Politics of Fear: Citizenship

However, it is still possible for someone to lose his citizenship if it can be shown he acquired it fraudulently. A prominent case of this is John Demjanjuk, the Ukrainian-American autoworker who was accused of being the notorious guard Ivan the Terrible, responsible for gassing hundreds of thousands at Treblinka and lying on his citizenship […]

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Amid Worker Shortage, Trump Signs Job Training Order

WASHINGTON — President Trump, responding to companies’ struggles with a shortage of skilled workers that has left more than six million jobs unfilled nationwide, signed an executive order Thursday geared at better aligning government training programs with the demands of industry. The order creates a Council for the American Worker, led by the secretaries of […]

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Most Migrant Children Under 5 Won’t Be Reunited With Parents by Deadline, A.C.L.U. Says

LOS ANGELES — Fewer than half of the migrant children under the age of 5 who were forcibly separated from their parents at the border are likely to be reunited by a court-imposed deadline, the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday after spending the weekend conferring with government lawyers. Justice Department lawyers have produced a […]

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The White House Is Tearing Down the Wall Between Church and State

Many Americans were shocked when Attorney General Jeff Sessions turned to the Bible — specifically, Paul’s epistle to the Romans — to justify President Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents. This scriptural justification for a political decision should not have surprised anyone, because Mr. Trump’s administration has consistently treated the separation of […]

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Trump Politicized Children. Democrats Should Empower Them.

In the Reagan era, the idea of a political vision centered on children influenced many Democrats and some Republicans, including conservatives. As Democratic governor of Arizona, Bruce Babbitt declared 1985 “The Year of the Child,” earning mockery from The Arizona Republic for offering voters “quiche” rather than the “meat and potatoes” of Arizona politics, such […]

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Can a Stronger Congress Check the Supreme Court?

As we await President Trump’s nomination to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, it is worth reflecting on the unique role that Justice Kennedy played in American life. For a little over three decades, we have lived under Justice Kennedy’s mostly (but not always) benevolent rule. It would be an overstatement to call […]

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Feature: The A.C.L.U.’s Fight to Reunite Families Separated Under Trump

Since Trump took office, the A.C.L.U. has taken 170 “Trump-related legal actions.” There have been formal calls for investigation, administrative and ethics complaints and requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act. There have also been 83 lawsuits, more than at any other equivalent time in its history — in defense of immigrants and […]

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Protests Across U.S. Call for End to Migrant Family Separations

Carmela Huang, from Brooklyn, brought her two young children to the march. Both children were carrying rectangular cardboard signs they had made this morning that read “REUNITE” in large sharpie letters. Ms. Huang said they had not been to a protest yet in 2018. “But today feels really important,” she said. “I’ve had my head […]

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Parents and Children Remain Separated by Miles and Bureaucracy

Yeni González emerged into the warm evening air in Eloy, Ariz., her hair braided by the other women in the detention center. We’re braiding up all your strength, they had told her in Spanish. You can do it. Ms. González, who had been released on a bond, was meeting her lawyer on Thursday and would […]

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For Survivors of Japanese Internment Camps, Court’s Korematsu Ruling Is ‘Bittersweet’

LOS ANGELES — The actor George Takei, who was 5 years old when he was sent with his family to a camp in Arkansas, was rehearsing for an upcoming role when his husband interrupted him with some news this week from the Supreme Court. It could have been a ruling to celebrate: the court had […]

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How the Supreme Court Replaced One Injustice With Another

During World War II, about 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese descent, including almost 40,000 foreign nationals living on the West Coast, were removed from their homes, forced to forfeit their possessions and then incarcerated on the basis of military orders authorized by the president. My father, Fred, and others who defied the military […]

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States Sue to Stop Separations as Government Struggles to Reunite Families

Raj Shah, a White House spokesman, conceded that the process of reuniting families would be difficult. “This is a complex situation,” Mr. Shah told CNN in an interview. “Our goal is to fully reunite as many families as possible, as quickly as possible.” Yet in the lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court in […]

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The Court Ruled Correctly on the Travel Ban

In some respects, the Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday rejecting challenges to President Trump’s travel ban was highly predictable. Mr. Trump issued his series of executive orders under the authority of a breathtakingly broad statute — specifically, Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act — a provision designed to forestall national security threats. And […]

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Korematsu, Notorious Supreme Court Ruling on Japanese Internment, Is Finally Tossed Out

Fred Korematsu, an American citizen living on the West Coast, refused to leave and was convicted of disobeying a military order. With help from the American Civil Liberties Union, he appealed the verdict to the Supreme Court. But the court voted, 6-3, to uphold the internment policy as a justified national-security measure amid the wartime […]

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